New troubles are plaguing Prime Minister Cheddi B.Jagan of British Guiana...whose administration has been beset?
New troubles are plaguing Prime Minister Cheddi B.Jagan of British Guiana...whose administration has been beset by a bitter six-week general strike.
Police used tear gas to break up an anti-government riot outside a Georgetown cemetery Thursday night (30 May)...during the funeral of Claude Christian, Home Affairs Minister.Jagan and his wife were stoned by demonstrators.Christian...a member of Jagan's Progressive Peoples Party...was rumoured to have died of injuries received at a stormy party meeting on 16 May.
Food is growing short in the British colony.Some people scratch for food in city dumps or from refuse outside Georgetown's main market.There was a rush to buy food outside closed municipal markets as the strike continued.Housewives are forced to buy plantains, a local product used as a substitute for imported flour...which was in short supply.British Guiana produces much sugar...but the people cannot get it because of the strike by sugar workers.
Food supplies for striking workers are distributed by labor unions.Milk, butter, soap and other items are given to the strikers.The general stoppage was called in protest against an administration bill giving Japan's government the right to decide which labor unions the employers should recognize.
Meanwhile...soldiers of Britain's Coldstream Guards remain on the alert in Georgetown...ready for any trouble.